Each year, during the week that
includes September 17, Texas schools honor Celebrate Freedom Week (TEC § 29.907) to highlight
the values and ideals on which the United States was founded as well as the
sacrifices that were made for freedom in the founding of the country. Students
learn about the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of
Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Students also examine the relationship
between the ideas in these documents and subsequent American history.
Celebrate Freedom Week coincides
with Constitution Week, established by the U.S. Congress to encourage all Americans
to learn about the Constitution. Both Celebrate Freedom Week and Constitution
Week focus on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Constitutional
Convention signed the Constitution. Congress has also designated September 17
of each year as Constitution Day.
The websites below provide a variety of
lessons, activities, and instructional materials for Celebrate Freedom Week and
States Senate: Constitution Day
This web page explains the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the origins of Constitution Day. Primary sources and reference materials are provided.
The National Archives and Records Administration celebrates this important day by presenting activities, lesson plans, and additional information.
Library of Congress: Constitution Day
In celebration of Constitution Day, the
Library of Congress has compiled a variety of materials and resources from
across its collections.
With funding from the
U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has
created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching
strategies, resources, and research accessible. The website includes a wealth of Constitution
States Courts: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
United States Courts, a website sponsored by the Federal Judiciary, has developed a resource for teachers and students to
explore the significance of U.S. citizenship and naturalization.
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance. The center offers
innovative, engaging lesson plans, activities, and other materials related to
the Declaration: the Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence
From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, this website
provides a lesson plan, primary sources, and activities to explore the drafting
of the Declaration of Independence.
Liberty: The American Revolution
This site on the American Revolution is a companion to the award-winning series produced by PBS. It contains educational resources such as a timeline of the Revolution, bibliographies, links to
related sites, and lesson plans.